Xbox’s backward compatibility list just got a whole lot bigger

If you’re an OG gamer like me, chances are that you’re missing the good ol’ days. You know, the days of the classic Max Payne games, when bullet time was fresh and funky. The days of Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast, when Disney wasn’t single-handedly ruining our beloved franchise. Or the days of F.E.A.R., when little girls were causing skidmarks and still allowed to be called “girl”. Well… get ready to relive them on Xbox because those classic titles – and 70 others – have been added to the list of backward compatible games. But there’s also bad news incoming.

I’m not gonna beat around the bush here, so I’ll just break it to you straight. These games will be the last ones to be added to the list. Due to licensing, legal and technical constraints, expansion of the backward compatibility list is no longer an option, according to Peggy Lo, Compatibility Program Lead at Xbox.

While we continue to stay focused on preserving and enhancing the art form of games, we have reached the limit of our ability to bring new games to the catalog from the past due to licensing, legal and technical constraints. Thank you for being part of this journey with us.

Too bad. Too bad, indeed. Anywho, let’s not dwell on bad news and focus on the good part, which is 70+ extra classic games added to the backward compatibility list. If you’re wondering which ones, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of every game added in this last batch.

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Conan
  • Darwinia+
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • Death by Cube
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Disney Universe
  • Elements of Destruction
  • FEAR
  • FEAR 2: Project Origin
  • FEAR 3
  • FEAR Files
  • The First Templar
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Lego: The Lord of the Rings
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Max Payne 3
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
  • MX vs. ATV Alive
  • MX vs. ATV Untamed
  • Nier
  • Novadrome
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • The Outfit
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • RAW: Realms of Ancient War
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Risen
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwjumper!
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Underpants Slam
  • SpongeBob: Truth or Square
  • Star Wars: Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast
  • Switchball
  • Thrillville
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Time Pilot
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Piñata: Party Animals
  • Warlords

And, see anything you like? Well, I’m also happy to inform you that over 30 backward compatible games – including 11 new ones – are getting a performance boost on Xbox Series X|S, granting us even crispier gameplay. Noice!